At this point, it’s no surprise that the Detroit Lions are looking to add some running back help. Kerryon Johnson’s season has been placed on ice after the Lions placed him on IR following knee surgery. Last week’s starter—the recently-added Tra Carson—is currently nursing a hamstring injury of his own.
So the Lions are looking. They went hunting for a running back at the trade deadline, but came up empty. They’ve added a few through the waiver wire in the first two months of the season. Now, they’re searching for some free agents working their way back from injury.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions are working out former Dolphins and Eagles running back Jay Ajayi for a visit Friday:
Lions are working out RB Jay Ajayi today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2019
Ajayi hasn’t returned to the NFL since a torn ACL ended his season with the Eagles in Week 5 of the 2018 season. Injuries have been a common thing during Ajayi’s entire career, but when he’s been on the field, he’s been efficient. In four seasons, Ajayi has run for 2,516 yards on 562 carries (4.5 YPC) and 13 touchdowns. However, he has never played a full season in his career.
At this point, it’s unclear if the Lions are simply checking out Ajayi’s current health status or if they have legitimate interest in the former fifth-round pick. But based on the team’s latest news and rumors, they will give him some serious consideration if he proves healthy enough to play again. Detroit’s running game currently ranks 22nd in rushing yards per game and 26th in yards per carry. They need all the help they can get.